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October 29th 2012:I’m Afro AND Latino, Must I Choose One?

What image of a person comes to mind when you hear the word Latino? Should speaking Spanish automatically assign someone to being Latino in the USA? Does the social experience of Blackness and Latino heritage force a person to choose only one culture? Is there a fixed notion of who should be CLASSIFIED as Latino? How does the idea of being Black and Latino fit within the Latino culture of the USA? Has the one drop of Black blood belief poisoned the well in Latino society? There is an AfroLatino Forum organization. It exists for a reason. Some would say, “Leave this alone – Don’t Start Troubl

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Juan Flores

Juan Flores is Professor of Latino Studies, Department of Social and Cultural Analysis at New York University. His research focus is social and cultural theory, Latino and Puerto Rican studies, popular music, theory of diaspora and transnational communities, Afro-Latino culture. Books include Divided Borders: Essays on Puerto Rican Identity, From Bomba to Hip-Hop: Puerto Rican Culture and Latino Identity, and The Diaspora Strikes Back: Caribeño Tales of Learning and Turning. Juan was twice awarded the Casa de las Americas Prize, and the Latino Legacy award of the Smithsonian Institution. They co-edited The Afro-Latino Reader: History and Culture in the United States, a 2011 American Book Aw
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Miriam Jiménez Román

Miriam Jiménez Román is Executive Director of afrolatin@ forum, an educational resource center on Black Latin@s. A frequent speaker and consultant on African American and Latin@ issues, her essays on diasporic racial formations and inter-ethnic relations appear in scholarly and popular media. They co-edited The Afro-Latino Reader: History and Culture in the United States, a 2011 American Book Award.
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